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ESCinKC
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Posted Sat May 11, 2013, 6:13am
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Hi everyone - I've been looking around for a really great coffee maker for my soon to be married daughter and son in law, and this one is really intriguing. I started out thinking that getting them a multi-function espresso/cap/coffee thing would be pretty cool, but I think the reality is that they just enjoy a quality cup of coffee more than anything else.

Is this something that a couple of people will find to be useful and convenient in terms of their everyday coffee making, or will the one cup at a time thing be a pain in the neck - I just can't tell if it is a practical solution for 2 people wanting coffee at the same time.

Thanks for any input you may offer!

Ed
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Posted Sat May 11, 2013, 7:58am
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ESCinKC Said:

Hi everyone - I've been looking around for a really great coffee maker for my soon to be married daughter and son in law, and this one is really intriguing. I started out thinking that getting them a multi-function espresso/cap/coffee thing would be pretty cool, but I think the reality is that they just enjoy a quality cup of coffee more than anything else.

Is this something that a couple of people will find to be useful and convenient in terms of their everyday coffee making, or will the one cup at a time thing be a pain in the neck - I just can't tell if it is a practical solution for 2 people wanting coffee at the same time.

Thanks for any input you may offer!

Ed

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My fiancé an I use it daily. With a bit of prep, it's a pretty short time between cups. Also, this machine won't make GREAT cups of coffee unless you use fresh beans and a grinder made for drip coffee ( and grind the beans right before ).
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Posted Sat May 11, 2013, 7:10pm
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Here is a video showing the brewing of the barrel conditioned coffee!

Click Here (s137.photobucket.com)

 
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Posted Sat May 11, 2013, 8:13pm
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ESCinKC Said:

Hi everyone - I've been looking around for a really great coffee maker for my soon to be married daughter and son in law, and this one is really intriguing. I started out thinking that getting them a multi-function espresso/cap/coffee thing would be pretty cool, but I think the reality is that they just enjoy a quality cup of coffee more than anything else.

Is this something that a couple of people will find to be useful and convenient in terms of their everyday coffee making, or will the one cup at a time thing be a pain in the neck - I just can't tell if it is a practical solution for 2 people wanting coffee at the same time.

Thanks for any input you may offer!

Ed

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If they like quality coffee, and want something that's pretty easy to use then this is the way to go.  As stated by the previous poster, a quality grinder is a must, but assuming one was to get this machine they would already likely have a quality grinder or upgrade to one soon after as they would be really missing out.

It takes about a minute to 2 minutes to warm up if it hasn't been used in a while, then you just pour in the amount of water you want for your cup into the reservoir, pour in your freshly ground beans into the brew chamber, put your mug under the spout, and press the brew button.  The brew and press-out takes about a minute and 15 seconds and clean up for me just consists of emptying out the brew chamber of grinds (which are pretty dry due to the press-out), rinsing out the chamber and the valves with running hot water, and then drying with a paper towel and using that same paper towel to wipe down the shower head and rest of the machine.  Clean up takes a minute at the max all together, so it really is a quick and easy way to get a great fresh cup of coffee that tastes awesome, is quick, and very easy to cleanup.  The machine itself also looks great so you don't have to worry about hiding it in your cabinet.
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Posted Sat May 11, 2013, 8:26pm
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sweaner Said:

Here is a video showing the brewing of the barrel conditioned coffee!

Click Here (s137.photobucket.com)

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Ha! I've never heard mine do that. Maybe add a drop or two of Beano to the brew chamber?
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Posted Sat May 11, 2013, 8:57pm
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If the couple do not typically grind their beans, or are relatively ignorant of the logistics for obtaining fresh, good tasting beans, let alone the cost, then I suggest you do some inquiry and find out.  This is potentially much more hassle than they will appreciate.

But if your gift is not so much one of convenience [epic fail, my friend], but one of adventure and discovery, with a knowledgeable guide who can take them step by step on the journey, then consider this as an investment in time and knowledge transfer, a mini course in Coffee 101.  Heck of a meaningful gift, IMO.

 
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Posted Sun May 12, 2013, 5:39am
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Thanks for all of the responses folks!

They both do appreciate a good cup of coffee, and my daughter currently has a cheapo blade grinder that she uses to grind about 3 days worth at a time. She is living with us this past year as she finished her masters degree and has insisted on making her own coffee instead of drinking the tired junk I was brewing (and then burning on the hot plate). We recently toured the Roasterie here in KC click here together and enjoyed learning some basics about the coffee industry and processing. She's been buying the Roasterie beans ever since. So there is a budding interest, which was the basis of my gift idea.

Loved that video posted by sweaner - hilarious!

It does seem like they could effectively make two cups at one time by putting the full amount of water and having a little larger container to receive it. That would seem like an important thing to me - so they can make a little coffee together in the morning and not have to do the routine twice before they could sit down with a cup together.

So the quality grinder would be another follow-up gift idea - maybe for xmas which would be about 3 months after they get married. I know enough from reading on here that a burr grinder is the way to go - maybe I don't have to spend $500 like the one I saw earlier in this thread to get a decent one? Here's one they sell at the Roasterie that seems pretty nice click here.

What I like about the Trifecta unit is that it is the kind of indulgence that they would not spend the money on themselves under their current circumstances, it's kind of techno cool, and I think that they would love the benefits of having one.

Thanks again! Now - I just have to convince my wife it's a cool enough gift!

*Edit - one more thing I meant to add: I was considering the Breville BDC600XL YouBrew as an alternative and read a few reviews about it. Seems like a pretty nice grinder/drip coffee combo. Or, if there was a nice combo grinder/coffee maker/cappuccino maker I might go for that because they are not espresso drinkers (yet) but like the occasional latte kind of drink.
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Posted Sun May 12, 2013, 7:08am
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It does seem like they could effectively make two cups at one time by putting the full amount of water and having a little larger container to receive it. That would seem like an important thing to me - so they can make a little coffee together in the morning and not have to do the routine twice before they could sit down with a cup together.



The most it will make is 12 oz at a time...if they don't mind 6 oz each. Then that could work. The grinder is truly the key ( as well as fresh high end coffee)... Don't skimp out on that...as for a multi use machine, they do nothing great...
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Posted Sun May 12, 2013, 11:22am
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Ed, based on what you've written I'm not sure the Trifecta should be atop their wedding gift list. As mentioned, a good grinder would probably be better to invest in on their behalf. How generous of you, by the way!

About the whole "coffee for two" issue, I may be in the minority here in that I don't reach for the Trifecta when I want coffee for both my wife and me (simultaneously) on the weekends; instead, I use a higher-volume manual brew method (Eva Solo or French press, usually). We have young kids, and just getting everyone to the table at the same time with food can be challenging, so I like to minimize the running around.
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Posted Sun May 12, 2013, 2:45pm
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Hmmm... I certainly have some things to think about! I'm glad I posted here and appreciate everyone's kind and knowledgeable responses. Not sure yet what I will do, but this has been helpful.

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